A Big Texan American Flag in All It's Glory

Tonight I completed my second flag commission! It always feels overwhelmingly fantastic. Its almost as wonderful as graduating from college until I realize I have to get it together and make some major moves to get enough work for the next show while completing commissions on time. I know - it’s a lot.

This flag was pretty great though - my first summer flag, which meat embroidering by a lantern in Kentucky summer blackouts and listening to cicadas in their full rage; drinking margaritas and watching my family reconnect from my peripheral vision as I cut stencils; and most importantly not freezing in the basement. This was also a return to the original scale for these flags - 3’ x 6’! I love this size because it requires so much from your entire body. Washing something so large and trying not to stain it is always an emotional rollercoaster, but it promises the relief of champions once its hangs, sagging,  dripping, heavy and clean. This time I stopped to take a picture completely soaked, but happy the flag and I made it. The floor below me was soaked, and I was very thankful I had decided to take my phone and wallet out of my pockets before beginning since I was as drenched as if I had just retreated from a slip and slide. If you ever want to see me struggle through the process and follow along, I always document the process on my Instagram Stories. 


I’m always ready for the next one, so if you want to commission one yourself, hit me up on Etsy or email me at samanthaludwigart@gmail.com.  Otherwise, I hope you enjoy how exhausted I look in these photos.

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Returning to Flags

I've been lucky enough to sell artwork to the Omni Hotel, opening in Louisville Kentucky this coming May. In addition, they've asked for me to reinvent two flags I made by hand in the fall 2011. In Vogue We Trust has been reinvented to fit a smaller scale to contrast, and compliment my first ever Great Garrison Flag. Both of these are  6.5" x 13", instead of the 36'' x 72'' life-size scale that I normally work with. This tiny size proved to be difficult due to the intricate measurements, patterns and embroidery on each flag. 

Most people are confused and are unsure of what I mean when I say, "I'm making flags," which is understandable. It's a long process that initials a lot of math and attention. From making color samples so that you can replicate colors, to making the dye into a paste, and then taping, masking, and embroidering the material that is to be the final piece, and even all that doesn't cover it. So, I decided to make a video to show the process of making these pieces. I hope you enjoy! 

In Seeking Home - June 4 - July 23 at Sojourn

I am thrilled to have been invited to join the beautiful work of Jordan Leinhoop, Garrett O. Hansen, Adrienne Miller, and Laura Wennstrom at Sojourn Church in Louisville, Ky. In Seeking Home is a conglomeration of art contemplating  the idea of "home" has been wonderfully selected by the talented Jordan Leinhoop. It was such a pleasure to learn more about these artists and be included in this reflective show. Come see the artists talks at 5:00PM on July 9th.  For more information click here. 

 

Last Week at Sunergos

It has been a joy working with Sunergos in Louisville, Ky. Their patrons are unique people, and getting to hear their responses to my work has been a wonderful experience.  This is this first time my work has been shown in a more lively space filled with color and life, and it's been an eye opening experience to see these white drawings surrounded by color. 

So, head down to their Woodlawn location and enjoy the best coffee in Louisville!

Sunergos Woodlawn

New Photography

I've always been a huge fan of photographers. As a young teenager, I had little respect for the art form until I was introduced to the haunting and seductive black and white images of Tulsa by Larry Clark. Soon after, I became ravenous for the amazing compositions, textures, and sultry graphite like colors found in works by Sally Mann, Robert Frank, and Walker Evans. Ever since, I've tried to learn how to capture such beauty in a single shot. 

Lately, I've been focusing on the fading time capsule that is my grandparent's late home.  I'm really excited to see what come of these, and I'm enjoying the juxtaposition of my drawings of the  exterior of homes on white paper and the intimate  and personal images of this very special  place. 

Remnants

KCAC Undergraduate Juried Exhibition

Tonight the KCAC Undergraduate Juried Exhibition opened at the Kansas City Artist's Coalition gallery space near the River Market in Kansas City! I'm so excited to hear Tommy Frank, the Juror and Studio Manager at Red Star Studios, and to see the complete show including some of my latest drawings, as well as work from my good friend and peer Sebra Debrecht! It should be wonderful evening, and a great show! I hope to see everyone there! 

Sick and Staring at the Ceiling

I finally finished my first series of work from the past six months using Corrugated cardboard as a vehicle to describe the way society relies on the repetition of unjust and unbalanced response to continuous crimes (i.e. rape, genocide, abuse, etc)! It was a thrilling experience, but doctors now say that this extreme exposure to cardboard has given me bronchitis, and now I remain waiting until I am well to travel to Louisville, Kentucky for the holidays, where my family and my loom await. I know that upon arrival my access to wool and my loom will result in an interesting culmination between traditional processes and materials and the lessons and motifs I built over the previous months. 

 Studying reflections on ceiling and composition while resting.

Studying reflections on ceiling and composition while resting.

 Studio Space September - December 2013

Studio Space September - December 2013

Site as Seen at Leedy Voulkos Gallery in Kansas City

 

SITE AS SEEN: KCAI in Florence, Italy
Undergrads/Underground in the Lower Level Gallery at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center
2012 Baltimore Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64108
October 4th- 26th, 2013    
OpeningReception: 6-9pm, Friday, October 4th

The title for this exhibition, Site as Seen, is taken from the teachings of Edwin Dickenson, considered by many the first Modern American painter and one of the greatest painting teachers of his time. Dickenson considered the ‘site’ to be nature, as well as the history of art, and was adamant that his students did not allow preconceived notions of what gave that ‘site’ authority to influence their work. Instead, he asked his students to consider the motif as it was experienced in a phenomenological sense while still allowing academic research to form the core of ones acuity as an artist.

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Everything in A Day.

I have been just about everywhere possible metaphorically and literally over the past few months. It's been the most incredible summer  consisting of swimming off the Almafi Coast, studying in Florence, visiting the Louvre, the Guggenheim, the Met, the Smithsonian Museums, and Crystal Bridges, working sculpturally, with found objects, paint, and paper, and from believing in concept and aesthetics to believing in aesthetics and humanitarian volunteer work, and working as a researcher for the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.  I've been one lucky and crazy girl. 

 

 

Military Rape

I recently became aware of the sexual assault epidemic in the US Military. I was blown away by the lack of justice that US Military rape victims receive as well as the astonishing amounts of men and women assaulted while serving in the Military. Women are more likely to be sexually assaulted by a comrade or a higher ranking personnel than to be killed in combat. The Pentagon expects that in 2010 over 19,000 men and women were raped during their service. Only 13% of men and women report their rape due to the lack of justice and the amount of victim blaming that happens within the military system. Of the 13% that report their assault, 90% are honorably discharged against their will, many of them loosing veteran benefits despite their loyalty to their country. These victims are often forced to serve alongside and/or answer to their rapist on a daily basis without protection. This is something that civilians cannot turn their heads away from. Our military has the right to serve their country, and we should support them and do our best to protect them.  This is why I decided that as an artist and a civilian it was my duty to address this epidemic within my art work to raise awareness.  

I recently began a project in which I am painting the portraits of military rape victims, spending 15 minutes on each portrait. I plan on presenting these as part of an installation including hundreds of blank portrait pages to display the amount of men and women who are assaulted while serving, and to represent the amount of victims who choose not to report.  

This is a big issue to address, but it must be addressed, and the public must know about this atrocity. Follow my progression here as well as on Facebook. For more information click here.

The First Portraits of Military Rape Victims, Gouache, 2013

Studio Update!

Over the past few weeks I have continued my cityscape series that focuses on historical sociological disadvantages for the American population through a couple paintings and sculptures. The sculptures, which are made out of ripped newspapers and personal papers found in the trash, are light brown and khaki and molded into a house shape. So far I have made 200 of these small hand sized houses, and still working on more for an installation in which the public are free to take one. 

This installation/sculpture will be my first work in which the audience is welcome to take a piece of the artwork, however I have made multiple works that incorporate viewer's participation in order to engage my audience. I'm really excited to see how people react to these small houses, and wether people are more attracted to a specific size, color, or texture. I'm hoping to finish this project over the coming months and have it installed in the fall. 

Thanks for reading! 

Todd Hido inspiration

I am currently obsessing over photographer Todd Hido's landscapes and cityscapes. The lighting on houses and the color creates an intense sensation that makes the moment feel completely frozen. I've been using his work to question my own use of the house in my work, as well as challenge my own idea and approach to the house. 

The house can be seen as a symbol for so many things. Hido's photographs depict houses almost as people through the spacial relationships created by composition. This method of depicting house with human like expressions adds to the awkward or threatening experience that can be felt and experienced by the viewer. It is this manipulation of aesthetics and elements that I wish to accomplish in my own work in order to evoke a sense of discomfort that is felt when discussing many political

 

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Landscapes

I filled my ten hour drive from Louisville to Kansas City with stops in order to take some images. I've been looking at landscapes in the mid west to inform my color palette and compositional choices, and uses specific images of references for my landscape paintings and sculptures. This little nest of houses I found particularly interesting as they were surround by rolling hills, none of which held farms. It was so perfect and peculiar I knew I had to stop to capture this odd little neighborhood.